By Len Baker
Harness racing at Kilmore on Thursday featured a massive 10-race card with several well supported horses winning, plus a couple at longer odds.
Former Tasmanian junior Jack Laugher took the honors with a treble of wins.
Maiden Gully trainer Maree Campbell combined with local reinsman Josh Duggan to land the Buds and Branches Florist 3Y0 Maiden Pace with Mac Gibbs, a home-bred Western Terror-Lohi Liz gelding.
Raced by a large syndicate headed by Campbell Family Trust, Mac Gibbs, $3.10, was crossed from the pole by A Perfect Dream, which showed great speed from outside the front line, before moving around her to lead for the rest of the 2180-metre journey.
Travelling nicely, Mac Gibbs scored easily by 12.3 metres in advance of Really Really, which moved to race uncovered at the halfway mark prior to dropping to the back of the winner on the home turn.
Ya Bottom Dollar used the sprint lane from three back the markers for third, 2.4 metres back. The mile rate 2:01.5.
Four-year-old Goodtime Sammy-The Summer Wind mare Sammys Girl brought up two wins in succession by taking the TAB Long May We Play Pace over 2180 metres.
Trained and driven by Bannockburn’s Michael Cole, Sammys Our Girl led throughout, winning comfortably by 3.2 metres clear of Rock Nien, with Regality third. The mile rate 2:01.2.
The 2280-metre World’s Best Hoof Oil 3Y0 Trotters Mobile saw Mt Cottrell trainer John Nicholson’s Great Success-Poignant filly Kimora Saffi successful for reinswoman Michelle Phillips in a mile rate of 2-06.3.
Congupna part-owner/trainer/driver Eddie Tappe’s impressive Majestic Son-Aldebaran Peggy four-year-old mare Abbie was victorious in the 2180-metre MC Security Trotters Mobile Final.
A winner of her heat 10 days earlier, Abbie, $2.60, was slow to begin but cruised up to race outside the then leader Kyvalley Surfrider.
Racing clear halfway up the running, Abbie was strong at the finish, scoring by 4.7 metres over Kyvalley Surfrider in a rate of 2-06. Captain McCraw was third 1.6 metres back.
Wildwood trainer Serge Linardi was another winner on the night to bring up two successive wins when taking the Jet Roofing Pace over 2180 metres with six-year-old Major Bronski-Royal Identity gelding Bronski Royal.
Driven by former Kilmore resident Olivia Weidenbach, Bronski Royal, $9.50, was taken back from gate six to the tail of the field, with Sweet Creation leading from gate five for Glenn Bull.
Going forward three wide solo in the last lap to join the pacemaker on the home turn, Bronski Royal was too tough in the run home, scoring by a nose from Two Sock Creek with Sweet Creation a half head away third. The mile rate 1:59.9.
The C&M Build Trotters Final attracted a good field and it was Wallan trainer Ruth Shinn’s four-year-old Andover Hall-Aldebaran Maori entire Aldebaran Dino victorious in a rate of 2-01.8.
An impressive winner on May 5 at Bendigo when making his race debut, Aldebaran Dino, bred and raced by Duncan McPherson’s Aldebaran Lodge, was driven by Chris Shinn and settled four back in the moving line from gate three on the second line as Imperial Whiz led easily from gate four.
Moving forward three wide in the last lap, Aldebaran Dino, $14, finished full of running to record a runaway four-metre margin over the pacemaker.
Hot favourite Ser Patrick was not disgraced in finishing third 3.4 metres back after racing exposed from gate five for the entire journey.
The $10,000 Alabar Mares Sprint Championship third heat over 1690 metres went the way of Strathfieldsaye trainer Julie Douglas’ in-form Western Terror-Virtuosy four-year-old Pray Tell in a mile rate of 1-56.3.
With the stable’s Jack Laugher in the sulky, Pray Tell, $3.10, settled four back in the moving line from gate two on the second row before moving forward approaching the bell to park outside the pacemaker No Win No Worries.
Taking care of the leader on turning, Pray Tell held a margin to the wire, winning by four metres from Its Ebonynivory, with Leigha Miller third a nose away.
Shelbourne trainer Luke Stapleton snared the Hanson Cleaning Services Pace third heat over 2180 metres with four-year-old Roll With Joe-Beach Shack gelding Sayitaintso Joe, giving Laugher another winner.
Six-year-old Kiwi-bred Art Major-Fleets Pocket gelding Mighty Flying Art from the Douglas stable gave Laugher a treble when leading all the way from outside the front line in the 1690 metre OKR 98.3 Claiming Pace.
The Beraldo Coffee Pace, over 1690 metres, saw Toolern Vale’s John Justice combine with Charlton’s Ryan Sanderson aboard four-year-od Somebeachsomewhere-Lady Of My Life gelding Mister Nien to get the prize.
The next Kilmore meeting will be Thursday, June 2.